Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's a....

Boy! I totally knew it this time, for sure. It's just been so much easier making this kid than it was making Cece. I knew something had to be different this time around. Hum...are boys really easier afterall...guess we'll find out!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Baby #2: 20 Week Bump & Gender Prediction

I'm 5 months pregnant with my second child. Holy cow, how did that happen? Besides the gaining weight thing, I barely have time to think about or feel pregnant. It's nice feeling the little Barnacle move more these days as a gentle reminder. Looking at these pictures, it looks like not a lot has changed at 20 weeks between my two pregnancies. Maybe the bump in a little higher/rounder?

We have our 20 week ultrasound today! And yes, we're finding out the baby's gender again this time. Below are some well known "old wives tales" for predicting gender. We did this with Cece and the results called for a boy. We all know how that turned out so I have little faith these will tell us one way or another what we're having. If it means anything, I thought I was having a girl the first time around and this time my hunch (along with the old wives) is saying boy. I'll be back soon to let you know if my hunch was right. =)

Gender Predictions Based on Old Wives Tales:
1) This one you can do just by looking south: if you're carrying high, break out the pink. If your bump is low, you're carrying a boy.

I personally have no idea if my bump is in the high or low category. Seems about the same as last time so we'll go with high again. There's one for GIRL!

2) Next time your OB pulls out the Doppler to listen to baby's heartbeat, ask her to tell you what the heart rate is. According to legend, 140+ beats per minute indicates a girl, and below 140 a boy.

So far the bean's heart rate has been higher than 140 beats per minute. Another one for GIRL.

3) Craving ice cream every single day? Some people believe this means it's a girl. If you have to have salty or sour stuff, then it's a boy.

Definitely salty and sour again this time. This one's going BOY!

4) This ancient method uses your age at conception and the month you did the deed to determine gender. Click here to see the chart.

Based on this crazy chart, we're having a BOY.

5) This one's a little out there. Pee in a cup (you've been doing it at all your prenatal appointments anyway, haven't you?), mix a tablespoon of Draino in, and watch to see if it changes color. Green = girl, and blue = boy.

Nope, didn't do this one this time.

6) Legend has it that the Mayans determined a baby's sex by looking at the mother's age at conception and the year of conception. If both are even or odd, it's a girl. If one's even and one's odd, it's a boy.

Age - 31; year - 2014. Looks like another one for BOY.

7) This is one for a friend to try. Place a key in front of your preggo friend and ask her to pick it up. If she grabs it by the narrow part, she's in for sugar and spice and all that. If she picks it up by the round part, it's snips and snails.

Had a colleague do this for me. She grabbed the fat part. This one is going BOY.

8) If you're breaking out like crazy, blame it on your girl babe. The belief goes that girls steal their mother's beauty, hence, those annoying zits.

I never had perfect skin at any point in my entire life but I wouldn't say it's gotten much worse throughout either pregnancy. Giving this one to the BOY.

9) Pop off your wedding ring -- if you still can! -- and tie it to a string. Hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, a little guy's in your future. If it goes back and forth, you've got a girl.

Spinning circles for the BOY.

10) Sick as a dog during the first trimester -- or still? Signs indicate you're having a girl. Little or no morning sickness points to a boy.

This whole pregnancy has been easier than my first. Going with BOY on this one.

11) Sleep more on right side or left? Right means girl. Left for boy.

More comfortable on my right side - GIRL!

Final tally - GIRL 3, BOY 7. According to legend, we're having a bouncing baby BOY. Stay tuned!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cecelia at Eighteen Months

Cece is a year and a half. I know I say this at every update, but honestly, I can't imagine it getting better. This is a great age. She's so busy, this kid. Always on the go. Running, climbing, dancing, talking. She has a strong personality and isn't afraid to "stand her ground" as her teachers at her new "school" like to say. Hum, I wonder where she gets that from? =)
Girlfriend is a blond hair, blue eyed wonder. With all the time we spend outdoors, her hair seems to be getting blonder and blonder. If her facial features didn't look so much like ours, I figure people might wonder if she actually belongs to us. Her hair is getting pretty long these days but she won't let me put a hair tie in it and forget about a clip or bow. She's a Tom Boy all the way, this one. I don't think she's worn a dress but once in her whole life. It never really felt right. Pretty soon she'll be making her own wardrobe decisions though and she can have her own say in that matter.
Cece never goes anywhere without Doggie. As you can see in these pictures, he is literally an extra appendage on this kid. One time, Doggie was left at Nana's. Girlfriend didn't sleep for 36 hours until he made it home. Needless to say we went out and bought two more Doggies soon after that incident. She is still loyal to the original, but the substitutes seems to appease her in desperate situations.

Last month Cece started "school." She goes three times a week and it has been great for her. She loves her teachers and her new friends. Her language skills have really taken off in the past month, too. She probably has 30ish words she says on a regular basis. She's been putting multiple words together recently too and will repeat a word back to you when you ask her to. It doesn't always sound like the actual word, but it's a good start. Lately her favorite word has been "no." Or, more like, "no, no, no, no, nooooo." As is, "Cece do you want to take a nap?" "No." "Cece, it's time to get dressed." "No." "Cece, can you pick up the food you just flung across the room?" "Nooooo!" Awesome.
At her 18 month check up Cece weighed 22 pounds, 6 ounces. Not breaking any records but she gained almost 2.5 pounds since her 15 month appointment so that's something. At school, her class made yearbooks to mark the end of the school year and one of Cece's superlatives was "most likely to become a model." Ha. I have a lot of feelings about this (how about scientist? engineer? mathematician?) but in any case, I'm pretty sure Cece will be the shortest model in history if she lives up to her title.

Let's see, what else? She's sleeping great these days, usually giving us a solid 12 hours a night. She has 8ish teeth, it's hard to tell because she hates when we put our fingers in there. Her tongue is almost always sticking out of her mouth, especially when she's concentrating on something. Her love for animals runs deeps. Especially dogs, although, she is mostly ambivalent towards Summit. As far as we can tell, she is not afraid of anything, especially things that move fast, are high off the ground, make loud noises, bark, purr or even hiss at her. She is a tough kid. Hardly cries for shots. Almost always is sporting at least one skinned knee. Loves water. Eats everything. Including dirt. We love this kid. Happy year and a half Miss Cecelia! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Boating. Almost.

Last fall, James got a "great deal" on a "new" boat. Great deal as in, no boat is a cheap proposition. What do they call them, holes in the water that you throw money into? Yes, that's about right. And "new" as in, new to us, of course but by no means, truly new. Did I mention he hasn't sold his old boat yet either?! That was part of the deal, but somehow has slipped off the priority list. Men.

Anyway, getting side tracked here. The truth is, the boat is fun. When it works. Today we took it out for the first time this year. A test run, sort of. The good news is it was a beautiful day on Long Island Sound. The bad news is we didn't make it far into the sound before we had technical difficulties. Engine problems. As in, it almost caught on fire. Yeah. That was fun. James patched us up enough to get home and already has the parts on order needed to get us out on the water again soon. That's James for you. Anyway, it was fun while it lasted. Cece and Summit had a blast. Captain and her first mate. Hopefully we'll be out on the water again soon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


This week my mom took Cece and I strawberry picking. Fair to say we all enjoyed ourselves. Love these pics!

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Hen House

Meet the eight newest members of the family. These ladies (and possibly one rooster, oops) were born the week of Easter. We moved them to their outdoor home just two weeks ago. They are growing fast and should be laying eggs in another few months. It's hard to keep track of all of them or tell most of them apart but their names are (courtesy of the kids): Pocahontas, Army Man, Seven, Chipper, Chewy, Helen, Rosie (aka Snow White) and Henny Penny.

Getting bigger!

Moving day! The sign was from my grandfather's horse farm. The chicken coop was ours when we were kids.

Settling in.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Yankees

On Sunday we headed down to the Bronx for a game at Yankee Stadium. It was a beautiful day made even better because it was shared with some of our closest friends. We had great seats, the kids enjoyed the game (didn't fidget too much!) and the traffic getting in and out of the stadium was the easiset it's ever been. The only thing that would have made it a better day is if the Yankees didn't blow their lead in the top of the 9th. Oy!

PS - Remember Cece's first Yankees game? Or maybe this was it (in utero).